9 July 1999

No easy fix from organic option

ORGANIC farming is no panacea for an ailing business, it is a complex farming system which demands better management skills than conventional farming, said Ken Stebbings at the launch of ADASs organic consultancy team.

"It can be a viable option, but it carries a relatively high risk that only strong businesses can afford to take." Conversion could cause cashflow problems and needed careful planning, he warned.

Although premiums appear attractive – they are now at an all-time high – prices will fall as more farmers convert, he added. "Only those with low borrowings and controlled overhead costs, combined with high technical performance will be able to prosper." &#42